Following Bachmann’s surprise announcement in early August (HM172) that it had been working on an all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 47 diesel, the wait is over and the first of the newly-tooled models are here. MARK CHIVERS looks over this latest generation model of the class for ‘OO’.
OVER THE PAST FIVE decades or so, there have been many models of the ubiquitous Brush Type 4 produced for ‘OO’ gauge, with examples from Hornby, Lima, Heljan, Bachmann and ViTrains. Built by Brush and BR’s Crewe Works in the 1960s, 512 examples of the Type 4 mixed traffic locomotives entered traffic and, given the sheer size of the class, a series of sub-classes also developed over the years. To see more on the development of BR’s workhorse Class 47 and our full collection of Class 47 content click here.